Magazine article Insight on the News

The Fox Is in the Hen House

Magazine article Insight on the News

The Fox Is in the Hen House

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The diplomatic dance is on and, for veterans of the arms-control battles of the 1980s, it comes with a sense of deja vu and grim memories.

Two decades ago, Moscow blended threats and entreaties to try to split NATO on the issue of the deployment of cruise and Pershing missiles; now the Russian effort is focused on encouraging the Europeans to oppose President Bush's proposal for a national missile defense (NMD) system.

Since Bush's election, the Kremlin has stepped up its criticism of the new president's plan for a ballistic-missile shield that would protect the U.S. and its allies from nuclear attack, arguing that it will trigger a new arms race and tear apart the fabric of international arms control.

While offering "active dialogue" with Washington about NMD and proposing an "alternative" that would preserve the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of 1972, the Kremlin has been searching for support from European governments in an apparent bid to foment division within NATO, say Western diplomats. …

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